Budapest has a lot to offer. If you are looking to move to a beautiful city, that has a rich history and is affordable, then Budapest is the place to be! It is the capital city of Hungary, located in eastern Europe. After reading this blog you will know more about Budapest’s environment, nightlife, culture, public transport, housing, health care, and some words to get you started.

Fun Facts about Budapest:

  • Budapest is The Thermal Bath Capital of The World
  • Hungarian Names Are Regulated by The Law: names have to be chosen from a pre-approved list and any deviations must be approved by application to the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Budapest Has the Oldest Underground in Continental Europe
  • It is considered rude to clink your beer glasses
  • The Hungarian alphabet has 44 letters!
  • The national dish of Hungary is gulyás
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  • The world’s most famous escape artist was born in Budapest: Harry Houdini

City overview 

Budapest is located in central Hungary and it is its capital city. The city is an area of 525 square meters and a population of 1,752,286 people. Budapest was established in 1873, by the unification of the cities Buda, Pest, and Óbuda. They were joined together to create a city fit to be the dual capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Danube separates Buda from Pest and the areas are connected by the chain bridge.

Budapest has as many as 23 districts. 6 districts are located in Buda, 16 districts in Pest, and one district (XXI) is located on the island of Csepel. You can find districts I, II, III, XI, XII, and XXII on the west side of the river in Buda. District V is in the center of Pest, which is on the east side of the river. Districts VI, VII, VIII and IX surround District V. District X is the center of a more external circle of districts.

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District XI, Újbuda, has the biggest population of all districts with 145.510 people living there. District XVII, Rákosmente, is the largest district with an area of 54.83 square kilometers.


Budapest has a humid subtropical climate with relatively cold winters and hot summers. In January, the coldest month, the average low temperature is -1.2°C and the average high temperature is 4.1°C. In the warmest month, July, the average low temperature is 18°C and the average high temperature is 28.6°C.

The city has an average annual precipitation of 23,5 inches. On average there are 84 days of precipitation each year in Budapest and in the months of May and June, you can expect the most rainfall. Snowfall is fairly frequent in the winter months. They have a long summer period from May to mid-September and 1988 hours of sunshine throughout the year.

As you know by now, Budapest consists of two areas named Buda and Pest. Pest is a fairly flat area and Buda is quite hilly. The Buda hills were formed in the Triassic Period. The highest point of the hills and of Budapest is János Hill, at 527 meters above sea level. The lowest point is the line of the Danube which is 96 meters above sea level. Budapest is also rich in green areas. Of the 525 square kilometers occupied by the city, 83 square kilometers are green areas, parks, and forests.

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Culture & Nightlife


Budapest has many beautiful places to visit. If you want to go sightseeing in Budapest you should visit the Hungarian Parliament, the shoes on the Danube bank, the Buda castle, the Chain bridge, Bazilika church, Fisherman’s Bastion, the great market hall, and Heroes Square.

The city is also known for its many thermal springs, it is even named the city of spas. Therefore, it is worth checking out Szechenyi baths. This is the most visited and much-praised attraction in Budapest. The spa has 18 pools, 10 saunas, several message treatments, and more. Budapest also has lovely green places to visit such as Gellért Hill and Margaret Island. Gellért hill is located near the Danube in Buda and it is a beautiful viewpoint to see the river and the chain bridge. Margaret Island is located between Buda and Pest in the Danube. The island is known for its water tower, the rose and Japanese garden, the ruins, and the musical fountain.

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Budapest established its own distinct cuisine based on products from the surrounding region, such as lamb, pork, and regional vegetables. Hungarian cuisine today is a combination of Asian components combined with French, Germanic, Italian, and Slavic elements. Restaurants in Budapest reflect diversity, with menus featuring traditional regional cuisine, fusions of various culinary influences, or cutting-edge new techniques.

Kürtőskalács, Chimney cake, Food, Budapest, Hungary, Recruit4work
Gulyás, Goulash, Food, Budapest, Hungary, Recruit4work

Once you are in Budapest there are a few dishes and snacks that you must try such as Lángos, Kürtőskalács, Gulyás, and Paprikás csirke.

Lángos is a deep-fried doughy flatbread that’s eaten warm and slathered with sour cream and grated cheese or with garlicky butter. It is a great savory snack for on-the-go.

Kürtőskalács (chimney cake) is made from long strips of sugary dough wrapped around spits that are brushed with butter and roasted over charcoal. The sugar caramelizes to form a crispy coating and when the dough is removed from the spit, steam is released from the center like a chimney.

Gulyás (Goulash) is the national dish of Hungary and something you have to try when you are in the capital city. It is a thin broth made from chunks of beef cooked with onions, paprika, tomatoes, and pepper. Another dish you should try in Budapest is Paprikás csirke (Chicken paprikash). It is one of the most popular dishes in Budapest, chicken paprikash is essentially chicken coated in a sour cream sauce.


Quirky ruin bars are Budapest’s most famous nightlife phenomenon. The club Szimpla Kert is the most famous club in Budapest and is the center of the nightlife scene.

Instant Fogas Ház is another very popular club in Budapest. Instant is still the biggest ruin bar in Budapest, with two courtyards and eight bars, all of which stay open until 6 am, seven nights a week. If you love night-time pool parties, you should also try to go to a party (spa-party) at the Szechenyi Baths. Think of a full-on rave in a thermal spa; pumping house music, cocktails, and an anything-goes atmosphere.

Finally, the best thing about the nightlife in Budapest is that it is the cheapest destination in Europe to buy alcoholic drinks!

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Public transport

Public transportation in Budapest is provided by one of the largest transportation authorities in Europe. BKK (Budapesti Közlekedési Központ) operates all public transport in the city which includes 4 metro lines, 5 suburban railway lines, 33 tram lines, 15 trolleybus lines, 264 bus lines and 4 boat services and MOL BuBi, the bike sharing service.

BKK also has an app, where you can plan your journey, buy tickets, and find more information about public transport. The name of the app is BudapestGO and it is available for iOS and Android

BKK (Budapesti Közlekedési Központ), public transport, budapest, hungary


BKK has an integrated e-ticket system. This means you do not need to buy a different ticket for each mode of transportation. It was implemented to increase the use of public transportation and reduce the use of cars. You can buy tickets on the mobile app for all modes of transport, for a low price. Below you can find the prices of the tickets and passes.

Type of ticketPrice in €Price in Ft
Line ticket€0,92350 Ft
Time-based€1,39530 Ft
Day ticket€4,321650 Ft
Nostalgia ticket€1,31500 Ft
Ferry ticket€0,44170 Ft
Type of passPrice in €Price in Ft
Monthly pass€24,859,500 Ft
Annual pass€298,14114,000 Ft
Quarterly pass€74,5428,500 Ft
Semester pass€42,3716,200 Ft
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As I mentioned before, BKK also operates a bike-sharing service called MOL Bubi. It is a sustainable alternative in the city and it is very easy to use. First, you need to download the app, then you can register and buy a pass or Pay As You Go. A monthly pass is 500 Ft (€1,37), an annual pass is 5,000 Ft (€13,74) and Pay As You Go is 20 Ft (€0,05) per minute. There are 162 bike stations with 1,560 bikes available throughout the city, ready for you to use.


Finding a living space in Budapest will not be a problem. There are lots of websites where you can find apartments and rooms. Additionally, there are Facebook groups where you can search for housing.

 One of the reasons why you should move to Budapest is the rent prices. These are quite low. For a one-bedroom apartment in Budapest, you can expect to pay between 160,000 – 180,000 HUF (€450 – €500). If you are looking for a two-bedroom apartment you can expect to pay between 230,000 – 260,000 HUF (€620 – €700). For a room in a shared house prices are around 95,000 – 135,000 HUF (€250 – €350). The location of the apartment or room can also make a difference in price. For example, prices are higher in Pest than in Buda. Another reason why you should move to Budapest is the beautiful loft apartments that are very common in the city.

Below are some websites to help you look for housing:

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The National Health Insurance Fund (Hungarian: Nemzeti Egészségbiztostási Alapkezel (NEAK)) organises a tax-funded universal healthcare system in Hungary. If you are working for a local company in Budapest, you can use Hungary’s public healthcare system, which covers the majority of medical costs.

Many expats use Budapest’s numerous private hospitals and clinics, which provide high-quality medical services and employees who speak English. Basic healthcare is provided free of charge to residents of the European Union (as well as Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland). You must have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and a passport or ID to show to the medical personnel. You must have your EHIC before arriving in Hungary, or you have to pay for medical care. Non-emergencies and emergency repatriation are not covered by this basic care.

Below you can find the numbers to call when you have an emergency in Budapest.

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  •   Ambulance: 104
  •   Police: 107
  •   Fire department: 105
  •   Central help number: 112

Some words to get you started

The official language in Hungary is Hungarian. In Budapest, you can manage to get around if you speak English. In other parts of Hungary however, most people do not speak English. The overall percentage of the English-speaking population in Hungary is only 20%. Therefore, here are some words and sentences to get you started in Budapest

Public transportTömegközlekedés
What time is it?Mennyi az idő?
How are you doing?Hogy vagy?
Can you help me please?Tudnál segíteni kérlek?
Where can I find …?Hol találom …?
How much does this cost?Mennyibe kerül?